OSCAR SNUBS for the #31DaysOfOscar Blogathon

“Now I know what it feels like to be the bridesmaid and never the bride.”  – Thelma Ritter on being nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar four times in a row without a win.  The legendary character actress would receive two subsequent nominations – that’s a total of six without ever taking home the golden statuette! I […]


F. Murray Abraham in AMADEUS (1984) – One Scene

Milos Forman was invited to see “Amadeus” on stage and dreaded the idea of watching a period piece about classical music.  In fact, he said he couldn’t think of anything more boring.  That’s exactly how I felt about the prospect of watching a nearly three-hour retelling of a composer’s life.  Not only am I not (necessarily) a […]


31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2015

EPIC turnout!  75 entries representing the entire 87 year history of the Oscars! THE ACTORS! Flickin’ Out – William Holden: The Perfect Anti-Hero Wolffian Classic Movie Digest – Fredric March: History of an Oscar-winning Actor Classic Movie Hub – Olivia de Havilland in THE HEIRESS CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch – NETWORK Wolffian Classic Movie […]


The Golden Age of Hollywood Revisited

Following is a guest post by Pamela Fallon Thornley for the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon.  You can follow Pam on Twitter at @fallonthornley . ♦ The first Academy Award ceremonies I was able to watch fully, was the 54th Ceremonies in 1982, on March 29th.  I know this because I was 14 years old and I […]


31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2014

“I’ll tell you this about the Oscars – they’re real.” – William H. Macy And so is this blogathon! For the second year in a row Kellee (@IrishJayHawk66) of Outspoken and Freckled, Paula (@Paula_Guthat) of Paula’s Cinema Club and Aurora (@CitizenScreen) of Once Upon a Screen bring you a mammoth blogathon event to coincide with Turner Classic Movie’s (TCM) 31 Days of Oscar … This promises to be […]


Hattie McDaniel, a tribute

To Hattie McDaniel – a pioneer and artist. Hattie McDaniel was born on June 10, 1895, to a family of entertainers in Wichita, Kansas. She was her parents’ 13th child. Her father, Henry, was a Baptist minister who played the banjo and performed in minstrel shows. Her mother, Susan Holbert, was a gospel singer. In 1901, […]


OH NO THEY DIDN’T! Ignored by Oscar

Awards season always brings out the movie critic in us all. Opining and critiquing become part of daily exchanges in all manner of social media.  The fact that the 2013 Oscars are now history deters Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and its legion of fans not.  We continue to pay attention to Oscars past and offer opinions […]

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1942 Oscars – Heart over Brains

The 14th Academy Awards honored American film achievements in 1941. The ceremony was held at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 26, 1942, only a few months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Bob Hope presided as host.  The attack on American shores in itself made this an unforgettable year during […]


Oscar “Firsts”

While some of us may disagree or even express insult in choices both past and present, one thing is certain, that as film fans the Oscars are a part of our lives – the grandest of award shows, the pièce de résistance of Hollywood. To start my personal Oscars blogathon journey I thought it would be […]


Morality and Relationships, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

The home of the classics, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) played Frank Capra‘s 1934, Best Picture Academy Award winner, It Happened One Night this past weekend.  This is, for some reason, a film I never think of when I consider Capra’s great films, and he made many of them, but I was reminded on Sunday of […]

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Mildred Pierce – novel to film

Since the beginning of cinema popular books and novels have been converted to screenplays in an attempt to draw audiences to big screens to watch stories that were familiar to them.  Not to mention books have always been a wonderful resource for film material.  During the time when Michael Curtiz’, Mildred Pierce was produced for the […]


The Quiet Man

The “best” films are the ones that touch us on an emotional level.  They stir, they move, they ultimately conquer us.  I am all too willing to surrender to them, be transported.  That’s what John Ford’s The Quiet Man does.  A lovely film full of the requisite Ford tradition and ceremony – and a deep tenderness. “Well, […]


The Best Years of Our Lives

There are movies.  And then there are MOVIES. WWII has just ended and three servicemen meet on their way back home to the town of Boone City.  Air Force Captain Fred Derry, Infantry Sergeant Al Stephenson and Sailor Homer Parrish.  During the day-long journey home, the three men forge a friendship and we get to […]